2018 has been a challenging year to say the least. Despite it all, music has been a saving grace. A dim light at the end of a very dark tunnel, lulling hearts, feet, emotions to a better place. This is a playlist of songs that resonated with us, our artists, and pals throughout the year. Here’s to 2019!
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan - “1999”
Simpson - “Radio Song”
Hop Along - “How Simple”
Spring Onion - “I Did My Taxes For Free Online”
The Hidden Shelf - “Golden Hours”
Mitski - “A Pearl”
Ariana Grande - “God is a woman”
Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa - “One Kiss”
Ovlov - “Half Way Fine”
Half Waif - “Lavender Burning”
awakebutstillinbed - “opener”
Mitski - “Washing Machine Heart”
Oneohtrix Point Never - “Toys 2”
Tune-Yards - “Home”
Black Belt Eagle Scout - “Soft Stud”
Swearin' - “Big Change”
Charlie Puth - “BOY”
J.I.D. - “151 Rum”
Dogs in Ecstasy - “Loyalty”
Ariana Grande - “thank u, next”
Imagine Dragons - “Thunder”
Young Fathers - “In My View”
Billie Eilish - "when the party's over"
Christine and the Queens - “5 dollars”
Nai Palm - “Homebody”
Dumb - “Soft Seam”
King Princess - “Talia”
Tirzah - “Holding On”
Bethlehem Steel - “Fake Sweater”
Cut Worms - “How It Can Be”
Jessica Pratt - “This Time Around”
Lil Wayne - “Let It All Work Out”
Paramore - “Grudges”
ARTHUR - “Woof Woof”
Parquet Courts - “Violence”
Nice Try - “Micah”
The Supremes - "Stoned Love"
Kacey Musgraves - “Dandelion”
McKinley Dixon - “Announcing Humanity”
Mathew Lee Cothran - "Never Know Why"
FATHER/DAUGHTER FAM Jessi Frick (Fairy Godmother) THREE WAY TIE
“1999” - Charli XCX & Troye Sivan
This song is a straight BOP. It’s a great song to sing & dance to while you’re cleaning your apartment.
“Radio Song” - Simpson
Everything Simpson has released so far is FLAWLESS. Can’t wait to see what she follows Radio Song up with.
“How Simple” - Hop Along
No song made me dance more in 2018 than How Simple. Don’t know how they do it but Hop Along are an even better live band.
Andrew Lopez (Digital Marketing + director of sandwiches)
“I Did My Taxes For Free Online” - Spring Onion
Favorite track of the year!!! It reminds me of walking home on foggy days, old birthdays, and the convenience of TurboTax. Love the vocal delivery and instrumentation of this whole dang record.
Tyler Andere (A&R + moral support manager)
“Golden Hours” - The Hidden Shelf
To me it was the Little Song That Could. It was quietly released at the top of the year and has kept me sustained throughout 2018 with its beautiful ping-pong beat and Minji Kong's relaxed yet detailed vocal delivery. I love it so much.
Sara Gibbs (Artist extraordinaire + all around great human)
“A Pearl” - Mitski
Made me cry on muni the first time I listened to it!
(Karli) “God is a woman” - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is #1 for me forever, and I love that she’s experimenting with her style. “god is a woman” is a perfect blend of her new style and her signature hugely epic vocal execution she’s been doing since day one.
(Dylan) “One Kiss” - Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa
It makes me wanna dance every time I hear it.
(Nicholas) “Halfway Fine” - Ovlov
This song feels both huge and rushing, but also numbed-out. I recently tweeted that the album feels "like being pushed out of a plane fully on opiates," and that totally applies to this song.
“Lavender Burning” - Half Waif
Because holy crap those vocals and synth lines.
“opener” - awakebutstillinbed
It feels like the good old emo/punk bands I used to go see at all-ages DIY venues in the early 2000's and also super new and fresh at the same time. I listen to it when I'm trail running.
(Eva) “Washing Machine Heart” - Mitski
I love Mitski’s melodies in the vocals and on the synth. The song manages to be ominous and kind of sickly sweet at the same time. I have listened to this record so much and saw her perform it in Paris at an intimate show. I cried.
(Danny) “Toys 2” - Oneohtrix Point Never
While he was alive Robin Williams signed a deed banning the use of his image, or any likeness thereof, for 25 years after his death. This little number imagines a sequel to Toys in which a CGI representation of Williams stars (despite the will of the deceased) and soundtracks it. Strong concept, catchy tune.
(Lucci) “Home” - Tune-Yards
This song is spacious and elastic wandering through several ambiguous moods. Highly enjoyable listening.
(Shannon) “Soft Stud” - Black Belt Eagle Scout
I found out about this band when we played with them at Lost Coast Fest in Arcata. They totally blew me away and were absolutely my favorite performance of the whole fest. I got their CD so we could listen to it in the car on the drive home and I haven't really taken it out since. When I listen to it I imagine driving through the redwoods with SOAR and it's just a very nice and tender memory attached to an amazing song / album.
(Jenna) “Big Change” - Swearin'
First of all this song is just a hit but second of all, it encapsulates this feeling of coming out of a turbulent period or a time heavy with transitions (saturn return anyone?!) that hits a nerve for me in 2018. This song especially helps me reflect on my own growth and acknowledges the way my relationship to music and community specifically have changed in a way that is both nostalgic but also proud to have shifted into something new. No art degree no conservatory // it's a beautiful idea /// thanks for this song and for the new album, Swearin'!
“BOY” - Charlie Puth
My Official Statement: #1 Male Sub Anthem of the Year.
“151 Rum” - J.I.D.
My friend showed it to me and all I can really say about it is that it rocks me like a hurricane.
Sat. Nite Duets
“Loyalty” - Dogs in Ecstasy
In this golden age of podcasts there’s no saner sound than a D.I.E. song.
(Carmen) “thank u, next” - Ariana Grande
It is the best breakup song of our generation.
(Connor) “Thunder” - Imagine Dragons
I really like the drums in that song, the toms that go POM POM POM.
“In My View” - Young Fathers
Just an excellent band, and a great pop song.
"when the party's over" - Billie Eilish
It has the coolest vocal production!
“5 dollars” - Christine and the Queens
It makes me want to dance and the music video is one of the sexiest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes upon.
“Homebody” - Nai Palm
I don't even think this was the song I listened to the most this year, but I remember everything about the way I felt the very first time I heard it. It lodged itself so deeply in me -- the way it felt like home, and bed, and love, and fall, and closeness. It's a song for train rides through the city and also walks in the woods and drives in the dark. This song feels like all of the small parts of me opened up in the biggest way.
(Max) “Soft Seam” - Dumb
The whole album is really good, wordy, kinda paranoid punk that pretty much starts and never lets up until this track. Super beautiful guitar melodies that weave in and out, and some of the most well-worded melancholy you can find in rock music today. This band always does amazing stuff lyrically, but “sick I’m not/but in eyes that may be blind” is one of my favorite lines I’ve heard in years.
(Alex) “Talia” - King Princess
I’ve listened to this song so many times this year between screaming along to it on drunk walks home alone and dancing around in my underwear to it the next morning. Something about it feels magic and made me feel so freaky and sad and hopeful and good. I love it!!!
“Holding On” - Tirzah
Beautiful songwriting and Mica Levi is a phenomenal producer who, when combined with Tirzah’s beautiful songwriting, created a beautiful world to live in.
“Fake Sweater” - Bethlehem Steel
I had the pleasure of touring with Becca from Bethlehem Steel earlier this year. I got to know Fake Sweater as a live, stripped down song and when I heard the recording I freaked out. It’s good to have friends who rip.
(Pat) “How It Can Be” - Cut Worms
I loved how this sounds - it’s like a 60’s pop-throwback to like the Monkees or Herman’s Hermits or the Hollies, etc. But the production is so fantastically spot-on for that kinda thing that it would absolutely fit right in on a mix with those bands.
(Nadia) “This Time Around” - Jessica Pratt
Valuable and helpful as they may be, the tools we use to examine our behavior can't actually disappear the sad and that can be haunting.
FATHER/DAUGHTER FRIENDS Lucy Niles of Partner
“Let It All Work Out” - Lil Wayne
It told a great story and I cried every time I listened to it.
Alex Licktenhour of Get Better Records & Control Top
“Grudges” - Paramore
This song is so catchy, that it gets stuck in my head for days after listening to it. I love all the 80's pop elements on this whole album, but Grudges is definitely my favorite song off After Laughter.
“Woof Woof” - ARTHUR
This song is just a bouncy one to listen to, I think the overall sound of it is fun & it was in heavy rotation for me this fall :))
“Violence” - Parquet Courts
The first song that made me scream "fuck yes!" and bother all my friends this year was Violence by Parquet Courts. It refreshing to hear a band turn up and play faster in 2019 instead of the obvious polishing and softening. It's been a year of dread, anxiety and panic, give me something loud with a lot of fast words to scream along with for fuck's sake!
Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos
“Micah” - Nice Try
Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties
"Stoned Love" - The Supremes
There's no good excuse for the fact that it took me until 2018 to hear "Stoned Love," but it's a song I've been returning to all year for it's elusive simplicity, effortless forward motion, and a ever-masterful performance by Diana Ross.
Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy
“Dandelion” - Kacey Musgraves
My big new discovery is Dandelion by Kacey Musgraves. I discovered her this year when Golden Hour came out and i loved it so much that I went and checked out her older albums. Dandelion was one that really stood out to me because I thought the chords and the structure of the song were really amazing. It’s still one of my favorites.
Manny Lemus of Citrus City Records
“Announcing Humanity” - McKinley Dixon
One of my favorite songs from McKinley’s project “the importance of self belief,” his lyrical prowess is over the roof & im continually inspired by his hard work & ear for crafting amazing sounds, his band are always on one & this track shows that he can be great.
"Never Know Why" - Mathew Lee Cothran
The lyrics hit me really hard in this one, growing up and learning to absolve your parents of their mistakes knowing that the pain they carry and pass on isn’t always their fault and we’re all just trying to do the best we can to navigate this life.
Rose Droll has her newest single, "Fat Duck" out today. "Fat Duck" comes not long after singles "Boy Bruise" and "Hush" but packs as much sound and instruments into a three minute track as your average EP. Noisey had the following to say about the song:
Built around pitch-shifted electronic samples and multi-tracked harmonies, it owes as much to contemporary R&B as it does to any of the other stuff that Rose picks up and plays with throughout the record. It's probably the most immediately satisfying moment on the record, but even it's full of these wonderful thickets of ideas—a little bit of 70s singer-songwriter tropes here, a little minimal jazz there, a synth-marimba (or glockenspiel or something) that pops up for a tiny melody and then drops away. There's just so much going on, especially for a song that's kinda slow and meandering on its surface level. There's a lot of life in there.
Your Dog, Rose Droll's newest record, drops next Friday, 11/16.
Beyond stoked to finally let this record soar today. Enjoy Alone at Last, the debut record from Chicago's Tasha, and it's warmth, it's vividness, and it's power to soothe even the most restless of believers. Every LP order comes with a zine containing poetry and writings from Chicago writers and artists, while supplies last.
Bandcamp also named the record it's album of the day, read more about it here! Alone at Last is now available digitally and physically on our store and where your favorite records are sold and streamed.
We'd like to reintroduce Sir Babygirl to the spotlight while simultaneously introducing her new single "Flirting with Her" and album Crush on Me. Stereogum says "Her cascading guitar lines push up against bubblegum beats and theatrical vocal runs. It’s show-offy and over-the-top in the best way possible." Crush on Me releases February 15, 2019. Pre-order HERE.
The sound of Crush on Me reveals Sir Babygirl to inherit (something simpler here). Imagine Karen O performing Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” with Courtney Love strumming the synth line... or maybe a Max Martin-produced cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” performed by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way. Wrap it all up in an aesthetic that marries Grimes to Ashlee Simpson in the uncanny valley of celebrity culture and neo-Absurdism. Somewhere out there, in between a girl group and a boyband, is Sir Babygirl... and her pug Baby Diva.
San Francisco's own Rose Droll is set to release her debut album entitled Your Dog out November 16th, in conjunction with UK label Double Denim Records. Pre-order it HERE.
The first single, "Hush" dips a toe in some of her most experimental and avant-garde material yet, complete with rap-influenced vocals and rhythms and a catchy refrain about wanting to feel a connection with anyone else – “And next to nothing, I might love and you might love me / See me sweetly / I’m next to nothing somebody come on and hug me / See me sweetly.”
Your Dog was self-recorded and self-produced in a duplex in LA’s Highland Park and in a quiet cabin in Big Bear, mastered by Warren Hildebrand (Foxes In Fiction, Ricky Eat Acid, (Sandy) Alex G). Rose plays every instrument on the record, including guitar, piano, drums, bass, cello, and glockenspiel.
Nov 08 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar # Nov 09 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club # Nov 10 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge # Nov 11- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #
Nov 13- Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar #
Nov 14- Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre #
Dec 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (w/ Justus Proffit & Jay Som)
Jan 02 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Jan 04 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
Jan 08 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Jan 09 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Jan 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jan 11 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Jan 12 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Jan 13 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
Jan 15 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
Jan 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Jan 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Jan 19 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Jan 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Jan 22 - Dallas, TX @ Trees ^
Jan 23 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^
an 24 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs ^
Jan 25 - New Orleans, LA @ The Republic NOLA ^
Jan 26 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
Jan 27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven ^
Jan 29 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater ^
Jan 30 - Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater ^
Jan 31 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall ^
Feb 01 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle ^
Feb 02 - Charlotte, NC @ Amo's Southend ^
Feb 03 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^
Feb 06 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Our very first mystery bundle sale is now live! Save some dough and get 3 LPs for $18! 3 tapes for $10! 5 tapes for $15! 3 7"s for $12! 3 CDs for $10! 5 CDs for $15! There are so many deals happening we can hardly bear it.
On her debut album Alone at Last, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. For years, the Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world—she's worked with the local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and has been on the front lines at protests around the city. But as she returned to the guitar, an instrument her mother first taught her to play when she was 15 years old, she began exploring the ways music can be a powerful force for healing. It might not fix a deeply broken world all by itself, but it can offer comfort and respite for those who, like her, dare to imagine a thriving future.
"The Chicago-based artist, poet and activist Tasha wants you to be kind to yourself and others, and makes music in kind that feels like a quietly stoic challenger to a beastly world."-NPR
Love may paint the world a rosier shade, but Tasha can still see society for what it is, using her newfound strength to change it."
Alone at Last is available digitally and physically as a 12" vinyl and a CD. LPs are pressed on baby blue wax, limited to 500 copies, and include a zine with poems from Tasha Viets-VanLear, Imani Jackson, Keisa Reynolds, Kara Jackson, Jamila Woods, and Stella Binion -- all Chicago based, black women writers.
Visit our Bandcamp page or the Alone at Last item page on our store here to pre-order. Alone at Last drops October 26, 2018.
Peep The FADER's piece on the new Whitney Ballen single here. Duncan Cooper quotes Ballen recalling her memories and feelings associated with an old partner:
“Mount Rainier tends to show itself on the days we need it most here, at least for me it does,” Whitney, who’s from Washington, says. “It's a casual reminder of the things that linger in an ever-changing world. Rainier was the view from an ex's dining room window (before it was sold for condos), where the housemates would sit and drink crafted coffee most mornings. When things go away — friends, mothers, fathers, houses, partners — we find and hold onto memories through the most mundane things. Luckily, Rainier is still here.”
You could pre-order a tape or CD of You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship before it's release on 8/24 here.
"Go" makes way for new beginnings for Whitney Ballen, the newest addition to the Father/Daughter roster. Her forthcoming record, You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship, combines elements of her two previous releases and is all sowed with unabashedly honest lyrics that make Ballen’s music equal parts visceral, vulnerable, and resilient.
"Her music evokes the the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, an intense stillness broken up by the crashing of internal thoughts. “Go” is jittery and nervous — it sounds like biting your nails and breaking the skin." --Stereogum
The album’s twelve tracks are set perfectly in Ballen’s Pacific Northwest, a place collectively pictured in a romantic mist that blots out its everyday banalities. Vocally, the Washingtonian shares space with the likes of Mirah, Laura Stevenson, and Jenny O. Describing her sound, Seattle Weekly writes, “Imagine Joanna Newsom as a ghost, benevolently haunting a cabin in the woods, and you’ll get an idea...”
You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship will be available on both tape and CD formats and releases on 8/24.
San Francisco's Pllush celebrates the release of their first LP today! Listen to the record in full wherever you stream music, and if you like it enough, don't hesitate to order the LP on either vinyl color, as a CD, or as a part of a bundle with an exclusive Pllush t-shirt!
This record has been on repeat at the Father/Daughter office since we received the demos late last year - we're beyond stoked for you to finally hear it. Praised by Pitchfork, The Fader, NPR Music and many other publications, Pllush's Stranger to the Pain is one of our favorite releases this year.
June 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center June 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cooperage * June 30 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs * July 01 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop * July 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project * July 03 - Detroit, MI @ El Club * July 04 - Toronto, ON @ The Baby G * July 05 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola * July 06 - Burlington, VT @ Speaking Volumes * July 07 - Ithaca, NY @ The Chanticleer * July 08 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens * July 09 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery * July 10 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel * July 11 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd * July 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA * July 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (w/ Wilder Maker)
Alongside the new track, Remember Sports has also announced tour dates with F/D label mates, NADINE.
June 29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Cooperage
June 30 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs
July 01 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
July 02 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project
July 03 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
July 04 - Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
July 05 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
July 06 - Burlington, VT @ Speaking Volumes
July 07 - Ithaca, NY @ The Chanticleer
July 08 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens
July 09 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery
July 10 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel
July 11 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
July 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Pleased as pie to share "Ortega" with the world today. Listen to the second single off Pllush's first full-length, Stranger to the Pain, over at The FADER now.
"Guitarist and vocalist Eva Treadway's lyrics are specific, yet painfully relatable, she speak-sings in the second verse, revisiting unsatisfying diary entries from her youth. The charm of the track, however, lies in the chorus, which is generous in sympathy and perspective."
For a limited time, you could pre-order the record or CD with an exclusive Pllush t-shirt, making this the first time the band has had merch available on the web! Stranger to the Pain releases 6/08.
The second single to be shared from Slow Buzz, the third full-length from Philadelphia's Remember Sports, has been made available to stream via the FADER. Accompanying the interview is a brand spankin' new video for their newly shared song, "Pull Through."
The FADER wrote up a sweet piece on Remember Sports today, check out the article here and watch the video for "Pull Through" below.
Slow Buzz drops on May 18th, so make sure to get those pre-orders in - the grimace purple / bone a-side b-side is going fast..
Since first arriving on the Bay Area music scene four years ago, Pllush have amassed a dedicated following with the release of a pair of EPs (2015’s Pine and 2016’s Please) and a split with Father/Daughter label mates Remember Sports. 2018 sees the quartet release their debut full-length album, Stranger to the Pain, comprised of twelve songs recorded and mixed by Grace Coleman at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, CA and mixed by Carl Saff in Chicago, IL. The tender, slow tempoed lead single “Shannon” is centered on Karli Helm’s exquisite vocal style, leaving the listener with a memorable piano outro.
Having been the driving force of Attic Abasement for over a decade now, Mike Rheinheimer, a Rochester, NY native has amassed an extensive back catalog of lo-fi albums and EPs -- each one distributed via Bandcamp and short-run CD-Rs, and it was through those means that Attic Abasement's name became an underground phenomena. On April 6, 2018, Father/Daughter is proud to reissue Attic Abasement's seminal album, Dancing Is Depressing, digitally and on vinyl for the first and only time. Not only that, Dancing Is Depressing (Expanded Edition) will feature a pair of songs that originally appeared on local Rochester compilation albums.
Pre-order the record standalone or as a part of a bundle with a pre-order exclusive t-shirt and get a digital download of the full record! Attic Abasement's Dancing is Depressing (Expanded Edition) drops on 4/6. Watch the "Australia" music video on The Fader HERE.
It's been some time in the making, but it's finally here. Listen to "Up From Below", the first single from Remember Sports' third full-length, Slow Buzz.
"Amid crunchy power chords and searing guitar hooks, Perry impressively deploys a rapid-fire torrent of words that cut through the fray with open-hearted honesty."- NPR Music
Pre-order Slow Buzz as one of two vinyl variants, a CD digipack, or as part of a bundle with a pre-order exclusive Remember Sports t-shirt! And for the first time in Father/Daughter records history, we'll be including a temporary tattoo sheet inside every LP jacket.
Slow Buzz will be releasing on May 18th. You know how it goes: pre-order before it's too late!
That's right, for the first time ever, you can order from our UK store right here if you don't live on the Western Hemisphere! No more high shipping prices! No more long waits in front of your mailbox! We're slowly but surely getting all of our stock on it, so if your fav record isn't on it yet, it will be soon.
Hold tight, things are just getting started in 2018!